JFF created impossible working environment, says Menzies
Head coach of the national senior women's football team, Hue Menzies, has thrown in the towel.
In an impassioned letter, Menzies listed his reasons for quitting the job which saw him pull off an almost impossible feat of coaching the Reggae Girlz to a historic qualification to the World Cup in France earlier this year.
Menzies said the Jamaica Football Federation had ceased to communicate with him and have not honoured their obligation to pay his coaching staff.
“The JFF has ceased communications with me which makes it impossible for me to carry out my duties as head coach. In addition, the JFF is presently in breach of their agreements as they have not paid a single member of my entire coaching staff under the contracts they signed before the World Cup, yet somehow they found the funds to bring a large contingent of executives and back office personnel to France in June,” Menzies’ letter stated.
The senior Jamaican women’s football team created history by being the first English speaking country in the region to qualify for the FIFA World Cup and were the toast of France despite their failure to advance from the first round.
Below is the full text of the letter released by Menzies.
It is with regret that I officially announce that I will be stepping away from the JFF.
Five years ago when I began this journey of fielding and training on a volunteer basis an incredible group of talented young ladies, no one expected that they would end up in the World Cup, certainly not the Jamaican Football Federation. But at this stage the JFF has created such an impossible environment within which to continue which has the entire program now at risk. The JFF has ceased communications with me which makes it impossible for me to carry out my duties as head coach. In addition, the JFF is presently in breach of their agreements as they have not paid a single member of my entire coaching staff under the contracts they signed before the World Cup, yet somehow they found the funds to bring a large contingent of executives and back office personnel to France in June. In good conscience I cannot help an organization that asks my people to work under these conditions.
I thank the late Captain Horace Burrell and Cedella Marley for inviting me to be part of this journey. Together with our amazing players we have accomplished a lot over the past 5 years, both on and off the field. We proudly celebrated the Caribbean Championship as well as being the very first Caribbean Nation to qualify for the World Cup. Our payers have played for, and graduated from colleges, and some have signed professional contracts to play for foreign countries. But most importantly, as a group we have made the JAMAICAN NATION proud on the world stage.
My very special thanks go out to the players for their commitment and determination on and off the field in the face of crippling adversity and meager resources. I thank my devoted staff for grinding tirelessly and without pay from day one. I also want to thank Minister Grange for graciously supporting us through the World Cup campaign; our sponsors Bank of Jamaica, Wisynco, Alacran, Stewart Motors and Supreme Ventures and the media for telling our most improbable story, which helped to propel us even further. And to the people of Jamaica (both at home and in the diaspora) for the incredible outpouring of love and support, it meant more than you could ever imagine.
Nuff respect and thank you JAMAICA.